Canine Diabetes Prescribed Food
Although prescription food for diabetic dogs often has the words "Prescription diet " or "Prescribed Food " on the label, it can be purchased from a variety of locations without a prescription.
Diabetes prescription diet for dogs contains no medication. It is essentially a diet which is high in fiber and protein whilst being low in carbohydrate and fat. In most cases, however, it cannot be purchased from pet shops or pet supply stores. Increasingly, drug stores (Chemists in the UK) are expanding their ranges to include pet supplies, like prescription flea and wormers, which were formally only available from Vets and Animal Hospitals; they will often order it for you if they do not keep it in stock.
Canine diabetes prescribed food can contain a combination of cereals, such as ground maze and barley, meat and animal derived products, cellulose, eggs and minerals. The actual quantities of the ingredients will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer but they equate to a balanced diet for a diabetic dog.
Diabetic Meals For Dogs
If your dog has been diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus or Canine Gestational Diabetes your vet is likely to prescribe a special diet for your dog. Not all practices mention that you can get the same prescription product from other sources, but do not assume suppliers other than your vets will always cost less. This is simply not the case. Much depends on supply and demand. Purchasing regularly can gain the supplier or vet greater discounts and in any case, you will also need to purchase fresh insulin every 28 days.
Insulin, unlike prescribed diet, is heavily regulated and you will need to see your vet in order to obtain a prescription to be able to purchase it. Your vet will request to see your dog every few months for regular checkups and may refuse a request for more insulin if the last appointment is overdue.
Great care must be taken when handling insulin. It is packaged in small vials which should not be shaken vigorously and must be kept refrigerated. This can cause unseen problems, particularly in households with small children, but our comprehensive guide has lots of tips to help you avoid costly mistakes.
About Prescription Food
Diabetes prescribed diet can be a dry mix or as meat in a tin. It is used as a bench-mark in order to get the diabetes under control. When your pet is first diagnosed as having diabetes, a diet will be formulated by your vet and insulin doses calculated.
The diabetic dog food is formulated to give your dog the energy he or she needs without the large amounts of carbohydrates, common in other varieties. Feeding is done with regularity twice or even three times per day; the amount given is relative to the size of the dog, the insulin type and dosage and has to be weighed at each feeding.
The prescription dog food is quite bland, however and they often get bored with eating it day in and day out. With non diabetic dogs you can entice with tit-bits, give something they like or use the philosophy "they will eat when they are hungry" and simply take the food away.
Diabetic dogs cannot afford to loose weight; you cannot administer insulin without the diabetic dog eating and most of the tit-bits they like, they cannot have. (Get our FREE canine diabetes Fact-Sheets for more information.)
There are, however, various tactics to get around this problem when it occurs - which it often does, after all, would you like the same thing to eat every day of your life?
We have produced a comprehensive guide which takes you from the early diagnosis of diabetes symptoms in dogs to forming a routine, handling insulin, involving the family and caring for your diabetic pet.